California school district spending and test scores

West Park Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does West Park Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,573   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

628   Median: 783

$9,573 spent per student ($3.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bend Elementary $9,597
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
West Park Elementary $9,573
Garfield Elementary $9,559
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) $12,630
West Park Elementary (318.90) $9,573
East Nicolaus Joint Union High (317.60) $9,397
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary (315.90) $9,235
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) $8,228
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) $7,927
Rockford Elementary (329.50) $7,598
Spending per student in adjacent districts
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
West Park Elementary $9,573
Fresno Unified $9,199
American Union Elementary $8,392
Central Unified $7,312

628 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Centinela Valley Union High 644
San Lucas Union Elementary 644
Big Pine Unified 632
West Park Elementary 628
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
Lakeside Union Elementary 621
Alta Vista Elementary 621
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary (315.90) 881
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) 848
Rockford Elementary (329.50) 792
East Nicolaus Joint Union High (317.60) 790
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) 754
West Park Elementary (318.90) 628
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) 621
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Central Unified 748
American Union Elementary 743
Fresno Unified 711
West Fresno Elementary 700
West Park Elementary 628
A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12